Australia Day

Cultural in Sydney

Sydneysiders celebrate the anniversary of European settlement in 1788 on 26 January with picnics, barbecues, harbour fireworks and much flag waving and drunkenness. Indigenous Australians aren't so delighted, accurately labelling it 'Invasion Day'. It has become a politically divisive issue, with progressives seeking to find an alternative date for the nation to celebrate the end of the summer holidays together.